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The VCAA Board

​The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) Board has 8–15 members. Members are nominated by the Minister for Education and appointed by the Governor-in-Council.

Chris Wardlaw

PSM, BEc(Hons), DipEd

Chair

Chris Wardlaw held Deputy Secretary roles in education in Hong Kong (2002–08) and Victoria (2009–13) before he retired. In the Hong Kong Government, Chris was responsible for curriculum, assessment and quality assurance for pre-primary, basic education and senior secondary education. In Victoria, he was responsible for strategy and review across the portfolio.

Before his time in Hong Kong, Chris had a long career in Victorian education, during which he took a leading role in major reforms supporting school-level decision-making, evaluation and review.

He taught economics and history at university and secondary levels before moving into educational administration.

Chris received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Public Service Medal in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He was made a Fellow of Monash University in 2013.

He is Director of the Board of Athletics Australia and Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Jenny Atta

Secretary

Jenny Atta was appointed Secretary of the Department in March 2019. Jenny joined the Department in December 2015, as Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Finance Services Group. In this role, she was responsible for the management and oversight of the Department’s financial, procurement and information technology services, along with strategic advice and planning for state budget processes, and infrastructure policy and delivery across the education and training portfolio. Jenny has many years’ experience in senior public service leadership roles, notably at the Department of Treasury and Finance where she led the portfolio analysis function within Budget and Finance.

 

Professor Marcia Devlin

BA, DipEd, GradDipAppPsych, MEd, PhD

Professor Marcia Devlin is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Senior Vice-President and Professor of Learning Enhancement at Victoria University in Melbourne. Her primary and secondary teaching qualifications, her PhD in Education, her previous role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Federation University, her expertise in regional and remote educational settings and completion of the Company Directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors provide her with significant experience, knowledge and skills across all education sectors.

Catherine Dillon

BEd, MEd, GradDipEdStudies, MACEL

Catherine Dillon holds the position of Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching with Catholic Education Office Sandhurst. Previously she was Manager, Leadership and School Development with Catholic Education Melbourne from 2015 to 2017. This followed school leadership roles as Principal of Mount St Joseph Girls’ College, Altona, 2008–15 and Deputy Principal of Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, 2006–08.

She is a registered teacher with 25 years’ experience as a teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her current role focuses on leading school effectiveness and system improvement to maximise student learning growth and social emotional development.

Professor Wayne Hodgson

BSc, PhD, GradCertHighEd

Professor Wayne Hodgson is Deputy Dean (education) for the Faculty of medicine, nursing and health sciences at Monash University. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the faculty’s undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs in Australia and overseas.

Professor Hodgson is a past winner of the faculty’s Jubilee Teaching Prize and continues to teach pharmacology in a range of courses. He has a keen interest in research that examines the relationship between admissions criteria and subsequent performance at university, and widening access to courses for students from under-served populations.

Professor Hodgson is an internationally renowned pharmacologist who specialises in toxinology (the study of toxins produced by living organisms). His laboratory has been responsible for characterising a wide range of animal venoms and associated toxins. He serves on a number of editorial boards of scientific journals.

Pauline Jelleff

DipT, GradDipEdAd, GradDipComp

Pauline Jelleff is the South-Eastern Regional Professional Learning Communities project manager of the Professional practice and leadership division within the Department of Education and Training.

Pauline has more than 30 years’ service with the department and during that time has had a number of roles, most recently as a Principal for the past 14 years at two different schools. She has been a network chair, an English teacher in China, a mentor for aspiring principals and has acted as regional network leader. Most of her work in education has been in the South-East region, and her work continues to focus on improvement in government schools.

Dr Toni Meath

DEd, MEd (Melb), BEd (Syd) FACEL

Dr Toni Meath is Principal of Melbourne Girls' Grammar School. She has excellent leadership skills and knowledge of the Victorian education sector. Her work in education innovation has been published nationally and internationally. Previously Dr Meath was Principal of Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School and the founding Assistant Principal of Nossal High School, Victoria’s first co-educational select entry high school.

Peter Moore

DipT, BEd, MRE, GradCertRE

Peter Moore is Principal of St Monica’s Primary School, Moonee Ponds, and was Principal of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception School, Sunshine 2003–12. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the Catholic primary school sector as a teacher, deputy principal and principal.

For the past decade, Peter has been the volunteer Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Overseas Missions – a humanitarian organisation that assists communities in developing countries.

Russell Pettis

MAppSc, FAIM

Russell Pettis was Chief Executive Officer of DENSO Automotive Systems Australia, where he worked for 19 years. He was responsible for the early implementation of the Certificate of Automotive Manufacturing at DENSO Australia.

He previously worked in the aerospace industry in manufacturing management roles with Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and at Aerospace Technologies Australia. In his early working years as a scientist he conducted marine research related to defence materials with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.

In addition to his business career, Russell is the Victorian State President of the Naval Association of Australia.

Andrée Poulter

BA, DipEd, GCertTESOL

Andrée Poulter has been involved in education for more than 30 years. She has worked in government schools in western Queensland and Melbourne, written curriculum materials for the ESL Companion to the Curriculum Standards Framework, and led the implementation of whole school curriculum change. She introduced programs that promote the inclusion of all learners and delivered professional learning on a variety of topics including cognitive coaching, the integration of explicit teaching of higher order thinking skills into curriculum designs, literacy across the curriculum, collaborative learning, and philosophy for children.

She is committed to pedagogies that engage young people with important ideas relating to our culture as well as equipping them with the skills and values that will allow them to have fulfilling lives and to become responsible adults and citizens.

She is Assistant Principal responsible for teaching and learning at Melton Secondary College.

Professor Mark Rose

PhD, MEdAdmin, BA, DipT

Professor Mark Rose is traditionally linked to the Gunditjmara Nation of Western Victoria. He has a 40-year career in education, contributing to a broad range of educational settings in Victoria, nationally and internationally. Mark is Professor in Indigenous Business and Enterprise at RMIT. In ministerially appointed arrangements, Mark advised ministers Nelson, Bishop, Gillard and Garrett, co-chaired the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Review, and has sat on numerous government task-forces.

He is involved with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York, and is a delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. He is Vice-President of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated. He chairs the Indigenous advisory group of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and is Chancellor of Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.

Claire Rasmussen

MEd, BA, GradDipEd (Secondary), GradCertEd (Educational Leadership), DipPM, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Claire Rasmussen holds the position of Chief Academic Officer at Bendigo Kangan Institute. She has extensive experience in teaching and learning in the secondary, VET and higher education sectors and more than 25 years’ involvement in education regionally, nationally and more recently through her consultancy and facilitation work for the Chinese Government.

She has a strong interest in the development of professional learning of VET teachers, to ensure the unique and complex characteristics of VET teachers are maintained and enhanced to meet the demands of a complex vocational education and training environment.

She is a recent recipient of the Berwyn Clayton Award for distinguished service to the education and development of VET educators and other professionals, and is a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute.

Emeritus Professor Kaye Stacey

BSc(Hons), MSc, DPhil, DipEd, FAustMS

Emeritus Professor Kaye Stacey is one of Australia’s leading mathematics education experts with a strong international reputation. She has worked as a researcher in education, as a primary and secondary teacher educator and a supervisor of graduate research, and is an adviser to governments. She has written many practically-orientated books and articles for mathematics teachers.  She is especially interested in adapting curriculum and assessment to the new technological environment, and in all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and  Mathematics (STEM) education.